Number of the Day: 58 percent

April 23, 2012 | Number of The Day

Despite its wish to be seen as a state filled with high-tech, professional managers, New Jersey has many more blue-collar (58 percent) than white-collar workers (42,000), according to, a website published by the Kaiser Family Foundation. Nevertheless, New Jersey’s percentage of white-collar workers, who are those who self-identify as professionals or managers, is higher than that of the nation as a whole (39 percent.)

Although there are 2.3 million blue-collar workers in the state, only 641,000 (or 16.8 percent) are unionized. That is still much higher than the rest of the country, where there are a higher percentage of blue-collar workers but only 13 percent are unionized.